Addis Ababa April 20, 2017 The United Nations and African Union have signed a new landmark framework to strengthen partnership on peace and security pillars and better respond to the changing dimensions and challenges of peace operations.
The UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the Chairperson of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat signed the agreement on Wednesday at the UN Headquarters in New York.
“We no longer have the traditional peacekeeping operations, where peacekeepers separate two countries or two groups within the same country that have signed an agreement, and a makeshift peace essentially prevails,” Mr. Guterres said after signing the framework.
“We are witnessing, in Africa, as around the world, changes that force us to have a strategic review of the way peace operations take place,” he explained.
The Joint UN-AU Framework for Enhancing Partnership on Peace and Security is expected to boost the coordination between the two organizations at all levels.
It is also anticipated to strengthen cooperation on issues ranging from human rights and good governance, to sustainable and inclusive development.
It will as well help align the African Union’s Agenda 2063 with the global Agenda 2030 for sustainable development to ensure that they are both a “success story” in the continent.
Prior to the stakeout, Mr. Guterres and Mr. Mahamat jointly led the first Joint UN-AU Annual Conference where they discussed the complementarities between the 2030 Agenda and the AU’s Agenda 2063, as well as the fight against terrorism and the financing of operations led by the AU.
They also discussed situations in several countries, including Libya, Mali, the Central African Republic, and Somalia, and discussed efforts to combat the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group, according to UN News Center.